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Court strikes down Louisiana governor’s LGBT executive order

December 16, 2016

A Louisiana court has struck down an executive order by Gov. John Bel Edwards that had compelled businesses to bar discrimination against gay, lesbian, and transgendered persons if they wished to sign contracts with the state government.

The governor also rescinded an executive order by former Gov. Bobby Jindal barring “adverse action” against businesses that act on the belief that marriage is a union between a man and a woman.

The state’s attorney general, Jeff Landry, successfully challenged Edwards’s executive order in court, arguing that Edwards had exceeded his powers under the state constitution.


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